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#97437 - 10/24/10 01:06 AM immediate advice needed!! (Sat night)
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ok I'm freaking out here. I'm on my phone, no internet here, so I'm going to post from an email I just sent to a friend (her husband is veterinarian) rather than retype it all. So I hope I make sense. This is about Tessa who has a broken leg.

Just a bit ago, I was letting her potty off lead (stupid) and she ran into a creek after my other dog. So, water in her cast/splint. So I raced to walgreens for gauze and decided to do damage control. I cut away the splint and wet gauze to replace it with dry and resplint. But, I found what I think is a pressure sore. I don't know if it's something that needs immediate attention? It being saturday night and I can't afford er vet unless absolutely necessary. The area is very painful for her, some fur came off with the gauze. It's right on her hock, the splint went above the hock (the break is metatarsal). If not emergent, I don't know if I should leave it open or covered until I see the vet. I can send a photo... This is my service dog, which has me more freaked out. I'm paranoid about something causing her to have to retire...†

I can send a photo to anyones phone if interested.. Going to be harder to figure out getting a photo on here from my phone alone.


Edited by MaxaLisa (10/24/10 02:32 AM)
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#97438 - 10/24/10 01:11 AM Re: immediate advice needed!! [Re: Lin]
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oh, to add, the wet part was only around her toes but there was a quarter sized dried blood spot through all the cotton on her hock, so I cut down the cotton to look at it. Figured at the least it should have clean covering. Tessa no longer reacts to any pressure where her leg is broken, but whines and yelps pressing near the sore..
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#97439 - 10/24/10 01:15 AM Re: immediate advice needed!! [Re: Lin]
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is it full of puss? or is it just a standard variety sore you'd get from something rubbing? Do you have anything you can put on it like calendula/hypericum cream? Got any homeopathic remedies on hand? Vitamin E? Aloe Vera?

I don't you need to go to the vet for something like that, especially not the e-vet.
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#97442 - 10/24/10 01:24 AM Re: immediate advice needed!! [Re: BowWowMeow]
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it looks really, really bad frown like dead tissue bad? A friend uploaded the picture for me http://www.belovedfreedom.com/iphone/tessa39.jpg

I have vitamin E but is that ok on raw open tissue? It would be vitamin E from a capsule
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#97443 - 10/24/10 01:26 AM Re: immediate advice needed!! [Re: Lin]
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no, i wouldn't put vitamin E on raw open tissue. frown
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#97444 - 10/24/10 01:27 AM Re: immediate advice needed!! [Re: BowWowMeow]
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If it's infected you could try some epsom salt in warm water, then dip a cloth and hold it gently to the sore. It will help to draw out and infection. Then I would apply a bit of neosporin sauve to it.
It's hard to say without seeing but I would leave it open to the air if Tessa would leave it alone, other then that I would wrap it lightly for the night.
I don't think this is anything that you need to see an evet about. It can most likely wait. Just keep it clean and call the vet on if it's still a problem.
Hope this helps. I'm not a vet but I have had to 'wing it' a few times when I'm up north in the bush.
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#97445 - 10/24/10 01:27 AM Re: immediate advice needed!! [Re: BowWowMeow]
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Same questions as Ruth...infection? How deep and how open?

Eta: good advice from Sandra on the epsom salt!


Edited by MaxaLisa (10/24/10 01:31 AM)
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#97446 - 10/24/10 01:28 AM Re: immediate advice needed!! [Re: BowWowMeow]
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ok, yuck, that is disgusting. How deep do you think it is? It's hard to tell from the picture (because I could only look at it for a second).

Do you have betadine? If it were my dog I would do a hot compress and then apply betadine but I would also go to the vet because I would be really worried about a bone infection.


Edited by BowWowMeow (10/24/10 01:29 AM)
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Varda & Gio (the crazy cattens)
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Kai
Basu
Massie

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#97447 - 10/24/10 01:30 AM Re: immediate advice needed!! [Re: BowWowMeow]
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Can you call the e-vet? The e-vets here will at least answer questions over the phone. Maybe you could explain your situation and see what they say.

It could wait until morning but then it's still the e-vet.

Does it smell bad?
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Varda & Gio (the crazy cattens)
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Queen Cleopatra
Chama
Kai
Basu
Massie

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#97448 - 10/24/10 01:31 AM Re: immediate advice needed!! [Re: MaxaLisa]
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no infection, not sure on deep? The center area is kinda grey which scares me, I'm picturing needing debridment or something! The blood was soaked through thick cotton. And since tessa isn't yelping around the break, that makes me think any and all recentish yelps were for the sore not the break.

here is that picture link again
http://www.belovedfreedom.com/iphone/tessa39.jpg
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